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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/0720
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1775-1783
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.16 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Unknown


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Theatre Royal in Drury Lane, designed by Christopher Wren, opened on 26 March 1674. In 1747 the theatre and a patent renewal were purchased by renowned actor David Garrick and partner James Lacy. Garrick served as manager and lead actor of the theatre until roughly 1766, and continued on in the management role for another ten years after.

Garrick commissioned Robert Adam and his brother James to renovate the theatre's interior, which they did in 1775. Their additions included an ornate ceiling and a stucco facade facing Bridges Street.

Garrick left the stage in 1776 and sold his shares in the theatre to the Irish playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan.



Scope and content/abstract:

Declaration of Trust, 1775, by (2) in (1) who have purchased on behalf of (2) from David Garrick of the Adelphi, Esq., and Willoughby Lacy, otherwise Morris, of Lincoln's Inn Fields, Esq., (administrator of Will of James Lacy, late of St. George Hanover Square) the rent or sum of 4 for every day or night when any theatrical performance publicly takes place at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, and also the privilege for 40 persons to be present, free of charge, at such performance, which rent and privilege had been granted to David Garrick and James Lacy on 24th March, 1762 by Honourable Francis Russell, Marquis of Tavistock.

(1) George Garrick of St. Mary le Strand, Esq., Albany Wallis of Norfolk Street, St. Clement Danes, gent.

(2) Thomas Allan of Berners Street, St. Marylebone, Esq.,
Benjamin Aguilar of London Street, City of London, Esq.,
Thomas Leigh Bennett of Soho Square, Esq.,
Edward Barwell of Abingdon Street, Esq.,
Owen Salisbury Bracton of Soho Square, Esq.,
Richard Brown of Golden Square, Esq.,
Anthony Chamier of the War Office, Esq.,
Thomas Coutts of St. Martin in the Fields, Esq.,
Peter Castlefranc of Pall Mall, Esq.,
Monkhouse Davison of Fenchurch Street, London, Esq.,
Robert Darell of Winchester Street, London, Esq.,
Dame Elizabeth Glynn of Whitehall, widow,
Thomas Glynn of Whitehall, Esq.,
John Gazley of Northumberland Street, Esq.,
Rice James of Berners Street, St. Marylebone, Esq.,
Henry Jones of Frith Street, St. Ann Soho, Esq.,
Henry Kendall of Lincoln's Inn Fields, Esq.,
Robert Ladbroke of City of London, Esq.,
Isaac Moses Levy of Lincoln's Inn Fields, Esq.,
Nicholas Lethmere of St. James', Westminster, Esq.,
Joseph Martin of Downing Street, Esq.,
Nathaniel Newnham of Botolph Lane, London, Esq.,
Thomas Nash of Morriss Causeway, Surrey, Esq.,
Thomas Newnham of Hatton Street, Esq.,
Richard Russell of Bermondsey Street, Surrey, Esq.,
Mary Spencer of Newman Street, spinster,
Benjamin Smith of Oxford Street, Esq.,
Isaac Scria of Tokenhouse Yard, London, Esq.,
Elizabeth Turner of Bedford Street, spinster,
Henry Williams of Berwick Street, Esq.,
George Wyatt of Fleet Street, London, Esq.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

One item

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright rests with the City of London.

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received in 1960 (Acc/0720).

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
July to October 2009

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